EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KTVI) – A 32-year-old East St. Louis woman and her 12-year-old daughter died Friday afternoon following a car crash. According to the Illinois State Police, the crash happened shortly after 2 p.m. at the intersection of St. Clair Avenue and 79th Street.
The woman, identified as 32-year-old Tamika Thornton, was driving a Chevy Suburban eastbound on St. Clair Avenue. Police said Thornton attempted to turn north onto 79th Street from St. Clair at the traffic light when her Suburban was struck by a Chevy Impala traveling westbound. Both Thornton and her 12-year-old daughter were ejected.
Police said Thornton was taken to Saint Louis University Hospital where she was later pronounced dead. Her daughter was transported to Touchette Hospital in Centreville, Illinois where she later died.
The driver of the Impala was brought to a Belleville-area hospital in serious condition. Police did not immediately release his name.
Some friends who arrived at the aftermath of the scene said was their best friend and was also well-known in the community.
"She was a very loving person," said Marquita Davis. "She cared about everybody. We became best friends. She loved me like a sister, I was really close with this lady."
Police said figuring out the cause of the accident could take weeks.
"I just hope the law does their duty and it works out for all of us, because I think that will be our closure," said Timothy Peoples.
The family is starting to make funeral plans. They have created a GoFundMe page for anyone who might like to help with funeral expenses and the ongoing care of Thornton's two remaining daughters.